March 2019 Archives

Gallup poll shows changing attitude toward harassment

A plurality of people in Georgia and throughout the country believe that sexual harassment is a problem in the workplace. However, men are less likely to believe that it is a problem today compared to 2017 according to a February 2019 Gallup poll. Nationally, 62 percent of all respondents said that it was a major problem, but when broken down by gender, women were more likely than men to have that opinion.

Survey of television writers reveals pervasive discrimination

The people who write the scripts for the television shows viewed by people in Tennessee are mostly invisible to the public. A survey of 282 working television writers conducted by the Think Tank for Inclusion and Equity produced results that indicated widespread bias against writers who were women, nonbinary, LGBTQ, disabled or part of a racial minority. Bias, discrimination and harassment had touched the working lives of 64 percent of respondents.

What happens when unsafe machines wind up at your place of work?

Most employers do everything in their power to keep their staff members safe and healthy. They likely comply with OSHA standards and adhere to best practices for safety in their industry. Unfortunately, the best safety practices in the world can't protect a company from accidentally purchasing defective -- or a poorly made piece of -- equipment.

What are warning signs of employee misclassification?

Many people refer to the modern American economy as a gig economy. In other words, many workers no longer have the protection of full-time employment. Instead, they do short-term work or work as a contractor for the same client for a long period of time. Working as a contractor allows someone to have control over their schedule and what work they choose to perform.

Sexual harassment: restaurant workers should file claims

In Tennessee, restaurant employees are eligible to file sexual harassment lawsuits if they experience harassment on the job. Statistics show that managers, other employees and customers sexually harass 70 percent of male workers and 90 percent of female workers. Countless incidents occur in which customers sexually harass restaurant employees, but workers do not report these incidents because they rely on tips. Recent newspaper headlines have reported McDonald's worker strikes taking place in 10 cities.

Lawsuit against IKEA proposes class action for older employees

Many older workers in Tennessee acknowledge the existence of age discrimination. Although proving that employers hold prejudices against older people presents challenges, a 54-year-old male employee of IKEA has gone forward with a lawsuit against the home furnishings company. His lawsuit cites federal age discrimination law, and he seeks relief for himself and a proposed class of older employees at the company.

Report finds big sexual harassment problem in academic medicine

People in Tennessee pursuing a career in medicine might be most vulnerable to harassment at work during their training in academic settings. A study conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine identified academic medicine as an environment where sexual harassment occurred nearly twice as often compared to workplaces for other engineering and science sectors.

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